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The Burdick Track is a human footprint in Cretaceous limestone found in the Cross Branch stratum, a tributary of the Paluxy River in Glen Rose, Texas.  It has been the source of controversy due to its "perfection" of shape, and has been considered by some to be a carving. In 1990 Director Carl Baugh and geologist Don Patton did extensive research to verify its authenticity.

Since the track had been removed many years ago from the river, the original site needed to be found.  This was done by following leads from Glen Rose " old timers" who provided clues as to its original location.  After several days of searching a stratum exposed by Cross Branch appeared to match the Burdick Tracks matrix (ivory tan color; fine grained, crystalline calcite inclusions).  A lapidary expert cut a thin slice from both the Burdick Track and the Cross Branch stratum.  It was a match. 

Clifford Burdick
After whom the Burdick track was named

Cordell VanHuse, Dallas lapidary expert, did cross sectioning of the track.  Cutting across the heel section revealed the structures within the rock follows the contour of the heel.  The cross section of the toe area shows clear pressure lines following the contour of the toes.  This track could not have been carved and still contain these features.  The Burdick Track is 6 ½ inches wide and 14 inches long.  This width of a footprint is not inconsistent in size with those individuals who habitually go barefoot.  The length of the footprint would indicate that the person might have been around 7 feet tall.

The Creation Evidence Museum's team has uncovered over 80 human footprints "in situ" among the dinosaur footprints on the Paluxy River.  The Burdick footprint, found many years ago, is a pristine example.



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